“THE INCREDIBLES”

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BRAD BIRD (Director/Screenwriter/Voice of Edna Mode) has long been regarded by his peers in the animation community as one of the most innovative, talented and passionate purveyors of his craft. He makes his Pixar debut with THE INCREDIBLES following a distinguished career in television (“The Simpsons”) and film (“The Iron Giant”).

Bird started his first animated film at age 11, finishing it two years later. The film brought him to the attention of The Walt Disney Studios where, at age 14, he was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of Disney’s legendary animators known as “the Nine Old Men.” Bird eventually worked as an animator at Disney and at other studios. Bird’s credits include a stint as executive consultant to the hit animated television series, “King of the Hill” and “The Simpsons.”

For the latter, he directed several memorable episodes, including “Krusty Gets Busted” and “Like Father, Like Clown.” He is also the creator (writer, director, and co-producer) of the “Family Dog” episode of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.” In addition, Bird co-wrote the screenplay for the liveaction feature “*batteries not included.”

For the big screen, Bird made an auspicious directing debut with the acclaimed 1999 animated feature, “The Iron Giant.” He also co-wrote the screenplay for that film, which was one of the best reviewed films of the year.

JOHN WALKER (Producer) brings a diverse background including animation production and extensive experience in live theatre to his first assignment for Pixar Animation Studios. Prior to producing THE INCREDIBLES Walker served as associate producer for the Warner Bros. animated features, “Osmosis Jones” and “The Iron Giant,” during which he began his association with Brad Bird.

Born in Elgin, Illinois, Walker studied English at Notre Dame University. After graduating, he continued his education at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco before returning to Chicago. There he pursued a theatre career which included a seven-year stint as Managing Director at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theatre where he produced over 30 new plays. Walker also served as President of the League of Chicago Theatres for three years; as General Manager of the Royal George Theatre; as Managing Director of Peninsula Players Theatre; and as General Manager for Cullen, Henaghan & Platt, a commercial theatre producing partnership. Walker co-produced John Logan’s “Hauptmann” at New York’s Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre before launching his career in feature films at Warner Bros.

JOHN LASSETER (Executive Producer) made movie history in 1995 as director of the first featurelength computer-animated film, “Toy Story,” for which he received a special achievement Academy Award®. He has gone on to further acclaim as director of “A Bug’s Life” (1998) and Golden Globe® winning “Toy Story 2” (1999), and executive producer of “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

An award-winning director and animator, Lasseter continues to serve as executive vice president of creative for Pixar. He has written and directed a number of short films and television commercials at Pixar, including “Luxo Jr.” (a 1996 Oscar® nominee), “Red’s Dream” (1987), “Tin Toy,” which won the 1989 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film, and “Knick Knack” (1989). Among his other big-screen credits, Lasseter also designed and animated the Stained Glass Knight in the 1985 Steven Spielberg production “Young Sherlock Holmes.”

Lasseter was born in Hollywood and grew up in Whittier, California. His mother was an art teacher, and as early as his freshman year in high school he fell in love with cartoons and the art of animation. While still in high school, he wrote to Walt Disney Studios about his passion and he began studying art and learning how to draw human and animal figures. At that time, Disney was setting up an animation program at CalArts, an innovative center studying art, design and photography, and Lasseter became the second student to be accepted into their start-up program. He spent four years at CalArts and both of the animated films he made during that time, “Lady and the Lamp” and “Nitemare,” won Student Academy Awards®.

During his summer breaks, Lasseter apprenticed at Disney, which led to a full-time position at the studio’s feature animation department upon his graduation in 1979. During his five-year stint at Disney, he contributed to such films as “The Fox and the Hound” and “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” Inspired by Disney’s ambitious and innovative film “Tron” (1982), which used computer animation to create its special effects, Lasseter teamed with fellow animator Glen Keane to create their own experiment. A thirty-second test, based on Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are, showed how traditional hand-drawn animation could be successfully combined with computerized camera movements and environments.

In 1983, at the invitation of Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull, Lasseter visited the computer graphics unit of Lucasfilm and was instantly intrigued. Seeing the enormous potential that computer graphics technology had for transforming the craft of animation, he left Disney in 1984 and came to Lucasfilm for what was to be only a one-month stay. One month turned into six and Lasseter soon became an integral and catalytic force of what ultimately became Pixar. Lasseter came up with the idea of bringing believable characterizations to a pair of desk lamps, and so the award-winning short “Luxo Jr.” was born.

Lasseter is currently directing the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, “Cars,” due for release in 2005. He and his wife Nancy live in Northern California with their five sons.

MICHAEL GIACCHINO (Composer) makes his feature film composing debut with THE INCREDIBLES. Equally at home scoring for beat box or bassoon, Giacchino’s melodies have enhanced entertainment of all genres, including television shows, animated shorts, video games, and stand-alone symphonies with themes that run the gamut from driving, melancholic, and suspenseful to serene. Viewers of the hit ABC TV thriller, “Alias,” are well acquainted with his work and have been enjoying his compositions for several seasons.

In early 1997, Giacchino was approached by the newly formed DreamWorks Studios to score their flagship PlayStation video game, based on Steven Spielberg’s summer box office hit “The Lost World.” “The Lost World” featured the first original live orchestral score written for a PlayStation console game and was recorded with the members of the Seattle Symphony.

Since “The Lost World,” Giacchino has gone on to compose many orchestral scores for DreamWorks Interactive, including the highly successful “Medal of Honor” series, a World War II simulation game created by Steven Spielberg. It was his work on such games that led to his involvement in the ABC series “Alias,” created by writer/director JJ Abrams. The producers of the show contacted the composer because they were fans of the games he had worked on. “Alias,” in turn, became a gateway of sorts for his work with Pixar on THE INCREDIBLES.

At the age of ten, Giacchino spent the majority of his time split between the movie theater and his basement, where he made many 8mm stop-motion animated films using his brother’s ping pong table as a sound stage for his miniature movie sets. His favorite part of the process was actually finding music to put to the films. He remembers listening to the “Star Wars” soundtrack as a kid, and being completely amazed at the way the music was telling a story. It was an instant awakening as to what the various instruments of an orchestra could accomplish.

His boyhood fascination with movies led him to film school at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he majored in film production with a minor in history. Upon graduation, Giacchino began composition studies at Juilliard School at Lincoln Center while working day jobs at both Universal and Disney’s New York publicity offices. Two years later, he was transferred to the Disney Studios in Burbank to work in their feature film publicity department. During that time, the aspiring composer accepted a job with Disney Interactive as an assistant producer, managing and producing titles for the division. He devoted his evenings and weekends to practicing and studying music.

On May 13th, 2000, the Haddonfield Symphony premiered Giacchino’s first symphony, “Camden 2000.” The concert took place at the Sony E-Center in Camden, and proceeds went to benefit the Heart of Camden, an organization dedicated to rebuilding inner city Camden housing. The symphony, which played to a sold-out crowd, celebrated the birth, past greatness, and future of hope in the city of Camden, N.J.

In May of 2001, Giacchino’s score for the DreamWorks Interactive game, “Medal of Honor Underground,” won the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences award for “Best Original Score.” Soon afterwards, he wrote new scores for both “Medal of Honor Frontline” (which also won a “Best Original Score” from that same group) and “Medal of Honor Allied Assault,” also recorded by the Seattle Symphony. Currently, Giacchino is scoring the ABC dramas “Alias” and “Lost” for creator/producer JJ Abrams, and the “Call of Duty” game franchise for Activision. His upcoming projects include the new “Muppets Wizard of Oz” TV movie for ABC.

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